- Code LING6103
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by School of Literature, Languages and Linguistics
- ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
- Course subject Linguistics
- Areas of interest Linguistics and Applied Linguistics
- Academic career Postgraduate
- Mode of delivery In Person
This course will focus on the relationship between discourse, gender, power and identity. It will examine ways in which language can be actively varied by speakers according to social contexts, to express deference, solidarity, and identity. More specifically, the course will analyse ways in which gender is communicated and marked in language. How do people express identity through language? How is powerlessness revealed in talk? Is language inherently sexist? There are a number of different approaches to the analysis of discourse, such as Discourse Analysis, Conversation Analysis, Critical Discourse Analysis, Analysis of Institutional Talk, Interactional Sociolinguistics. A major focus of the course will be to critically examine some of these different approaches to the analysis of discourse, with respect to the issues of gender, power and identity.
Learning OutcomesUpon successful completion of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Explain, and argue for, the ways in which language expresses deference, power, solidarity and identity.
- Explain and argue for some of the different approaches to the analysis of discourse, including Discourse Analysis, Conversation Analysis, Critical Discourse Analysis, Analysis of Institutional Talk, Interactional Sociolinguistics.
- Understand the different ways in which language can be analysed in terms of power, solidarity, identity, gender.
- Think about, write and present an argument related to the analysis of discourse.
- Conduct independent research in the field of Language, Power and Identity.
Other InformationThis class is co-taught with undergraduate students LING2103. However, Graduate students have additional tutorials.
Indicative AssessmentWritten Assignment, 1500 words (25%) [Learning Outcomes 1-4]
Weekly tutorial exercises (20%) [Learning Outcomes 1-4]
Group-led Tutorial, 30 min (15%) [Learning Outcomes 1-4]
Research paper proposal, 1000 words (10%) [Learning Outcomes 1-4]
Research paper 3000 words (30%) [Learning Outcomes 1-4]
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Workload130 hours of total student learning time made up from:
a) 36 hours of contact over 12 weeks: 24 hours of lectures and 12 hours of tutorials, and
b) 94 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.
Requisite and Incompatibility
Prescribed TextsThornborrow, J (2002) Power Talk. London: Pearson Education
Indicative Reading ListStudents will be given a full reading list at the beginning of the semester.
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- Student Contribution Band:
- Band 1
- Unit value:
- 6 units
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